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Dubai startup uses AI to reduce vehicle accidents
November 6, 2017, 2:52 pm

Derq, a Dubai-based tech startup, aims to make cars smarter and reduce vehicle accidents by improving how cars talk to each other and to nearby infrastructure. After recently raising $1.5 million in seed funding, the company now plans on advancing its technology and opening a new office in Detroit in the US, to be closer to vehicle manufacturers and seek new partnerships with them.

The company sees its product integrating into existing and future vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication. Derq has developed and patented an application layer that sits between these communication layers and aims to predict incidents such as crashes and then notifies nearby drivers — something that will gain even more relevance as more autonomous vehicles hit the road.

Earlier this month, Derq signed a Memorandum of Understanding with several Dubai-based agencies to trial its technology and demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of connected vehicle technology in regards to road safety.

“Dubai is at the forefront of adopting innovative technologies that focus on improving road safety and autonomous vehicle deployments. We’re honored to be working with Smart Dubai Office, Roads and Transport Authority and Dubai Oasis Authority to implement Derq’s road safety technology in Dubai’s Silicon Oasis,” said Dr. Georges Aoude, CEO for Derq.


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